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Boelen's Pythons have been found at the following localities within Papua New Guinea: Central: Woitape and Mt. Brown. Morobe: Wau and Mts. behind Lae (no precise locality data). Eastern Highland: Kainantu and Goroka. Madang: above Bundi (no precise locality data. Southern Highland: Tari. Milne Bay: Goodenough Island. West Sepik: Star Mountains (no precise locality data), (O’Shea 1996).

The populations within West Papua are less recorded. The most recognized is the Wissel Lake region where the first specimen was found. The Baliem Valley located in the central highlands is surrounded by several mountain ranges including; Wisnurmurti Range to the east, Jayawijaya Range to the south, and the Sudirman Range to the west.

In order to protect this species the exact locations of populations studied will not be revealed but generalized into this region of ranges. Habitats and weather patterns are similar throughout these ranges and it is safe to speculate that there are populations of Boelen’s Pythons found throughout all three ranges. The specimens studied were found at elevations between 6200 feet and 8000 feet in habitats made up of montane rainforest.

It can go from sunny and beautiful to dark and stormy
in a moments notice in the highlands.
Photo by Spataro

 

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Even adult Boelen’s Pythons exhibit perching behaviors, common amongst the Morelia group, as seen here with an adult draped over a piece of cork bark. Photo by Leware

     

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